Cisco and Microsoft Lead Highly Active Technology Stocks in Trading

Through the early part of trading on Thursday, September 1, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Technology (NYSE:XLK) sector.

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Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have a dollar volume of $356.8 million based on a current price of $26.54(-6 cents) and 13.4 million shares traded. The stock is down after a report Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad shipments will spike this quarter.

Stock Price Performance: From June 6, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.37 (9.9%) from $23.86 to $26.23. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 13, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6% (+$1.40). It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.3% (-$1.11).

Shares of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market after acquiring risk analytics firm Algorithmics for $387 million from Fitch. There are 1.2 million shares trading hands at $172.41(+50 cents), making up a dollar volume of $208.4 million.

Stock Price Performance: From June 6, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $8.47 (5.2%) from $164.04 to $172.51. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 14, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 4.6% (+$6.15). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 3.1% (-$5.22).

Shares of Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) have a dollar volume of $238.7 million based on a current price of $28.30(+24 cents) and 8.4 million shares traded. The stock is rallying after yesterday’s sell off based on a foreign bribery probe by the SEC.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.13 (-15.5%) from $33 to $27.87. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 8.2% (+$2.74). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 9.2% (-$3.00).

Shares of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market after chip maker Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) caught an analyst upgrade this morning. There are 10.6 million shares trading hands at $20.25(+13 cents), making up a dollar volume of $214.5 million. Don’t Miss: Declining PC Sales are Hurting More Stocks than Hewlett Packard.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.98 (-8.9%) from $22.22 to $20.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 18% (+$3.47). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 19, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 8.1% (-$1.70).

Shares of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. Cisco’s stock is leading the Dow with a 1% gain after networking equipment competitor Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN) reported third-quarter profit of 8 cents a share vs. the average analyst estimate of loss of 8 cents a share. Ciena’s earnings were seen as a positive for the entire sector. Get more details in your CIENA Corp. Earnings Cheat Sheet: Loss Narrows With Double-Digit Revenue Growth. They have a dollar volume today of $224.8 million, based on a current price of $15.93 (+26 cents) and 14.1 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 25, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen 59 cents (3.9%) from $15.08 to $15.67. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.7% (+$1.52). It saw one of its worst periods between April 6, 2011 and April 19, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 8.1% (-$1.45).

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